Someone recently asked a question in my Facebook group about setting up a quilting space without spending an arm and a leg, so I thought it might be helpful to write a post and compile a bunch of ideas.
This past week I took a little trip to some of our local quilt stores…we live in the heart of Amish country so we have quite a few to choose from :).
Lucky for me, my husband likes coming along as we toodle through the countryside. And he is SMART…he brings a BOOK so he has something to do while I browse! The quilt shops are smart too..they provide seating for all those poor husbands that are tagging along~haha( Luckily I NEVER take this long!)
Anyway, I always like to check out the sales and see if there is anything new that MUST come home with me. I was super excited that one store had 20% off everything in their store because I have been on a mission to find some toweling fabric for a good price….TADAAAAA!
Mission accomplished 🙂
I also added a few fabrics to my growing pile to make Jacquelynne’s new Block of the Month. I am liking what I have so far!
At the next store, I picked up this cute little pattern . I am soooo guilty of judging a quilt on colors alone, and the colors in this one completely convinced me I HAD to have it.
I also picked up a Cake Mix Recipe pad. Are you familiar with these? I had seen some ads in magazines, and seen them in a few stores, but I really didn’t know much about them. Peeking inside wasn’t possible, so I picked out one with blocks that appealed to me and brought it home. ( For under 10 bucks I figured if I didn’t like it, it wasn’t a whole lot of money wasted!)
So here is the scoop on the Cake Mix Recipe pads….on the inside you will find “recipe cards”. My pad ( recipe mix #5) contains 44, but others might have more or less. These are all the SAME recipe cards. Each “recipe” pad requires a layer cake ( 10 inch squares) of a printed fabric, and a layer cake of plain fabric. I bought a pretty layer cake, but you can certainly cut your own 10 inch squares. In fact, that is how I decided to do my solids.( I don’t understand why anyone spends all that money on the solid one-colored stacks!)
You layer your fabrics right side together, and then you pin one of your recipe cards on top. You don’t need too many pins, just enough to keep the layers from shifting.
Then you sew on the dotted lines…easy-peasy…just follow the arrows. You will want to reduce your stitch length by quite a bit! My first recipe blocks came apart when I tried to remove the paper, so really reduce those stitches!
After you stitch, remove the pins, and trim your pieces on the solid lines.
Remove the paper ( I found this was easier to do when I folded the paper first on the stitch line, from both sides.
Tear carefully at the start and end, because your stitches might like to come undone! Once the paper is removed, you press your blocks, and trim them up, if necessary.
( I still had a few pieces to sew together, but they were easy and straightforward!) In my case, one recipe card made 2 blocks. Repeat this process a few times with various fabrics and now you have all your components for your blocks and you can start playing around with them.
There are SO many choices for layouts! I know it took me way longer to decide what I wanted my blocks to look like, than it took for me to sew the pieces!
I think I have decided on a layout, but I might change my mind again….
Anyway, the bottom line is that it’s accurate and fast ( especially when you don’t have to cut your fabric) and you can have a ton of blocks made in no time. I wish there were a bit more detailed instructions on the pad, especially about easy removal of the paper, but I figured it out. There is a web address on the pad, but the day I tried the link was broken. If you go to the Moda bakeshop website they do show you a few varieties of quilts you can make, but none for my recipe block (#5). For under 10 bucks I say give it a try…it is something fun and new and quick….and besides, it gives you an excuse to pick up some new fabric, right?!
Until next time, happy creating!
P.S. I love hearing from you, so won’t you please leave a comment? I try and respond to every one of them!
P.P.S. All this talk about cake mixes made me hungry so I decided to hunt down one of my favorite recipes. It came out this book, called Daily Desserts and was compiled by Jane Quinn who ran the quilt store Quilting in the Country where I took a number of beginner quilting classes.The recipe is called Cream Puff Dessert and it’s a keeper!! ( By the way, I highly recommend this book~ I don’t think there is a recipe in there that isn’t delicious! While you’re shopping, pick up the Salad Sampler book also~ might even be better than the dessert book and I LOVE desserts ( just saying).)
Cream Puff Dessert
Cream Puff dough ( enough to fill a 9 by 13 inch pan)
2 small packages of instant vanilla pudding
3 Cups milk
2 cups whipped topping
Use your favorite recipe to make enough cream puff dough to spread on bottom of greased 9 by 13 inch pan. Bake for 30-40 minutes at 375* Fahrenheit, or until brown.
When dough has cooled, prepare pudding with 3 cups of milk.
Spread on top of cream puff crust and top with 2 cups of whipped topping.
Refrigerate and drizzle chocolate syrup over top when ready to serve.YUMMMMM!!!
Our family is slowly settling into a summer routine.
The temperatures have been very hot these past few days ( after a quite chilly start to June!) and I have been holed up either in the air conditioned house, or by the pool. There have been playdates, and trips to the library, chauffeuring kids to work when necessary, plus all the other usual every day kind of stuff, so needless to say there has NOT been a lot of creative time around here. Continue reading →
This past week I ran across this beautiful quilt pattern:Its cheery colors and use of scraps, not to mention the tulips and hearts just begged me to make it! So I set to work tracing the designs onto my fusible web. I was ONLY going to make 1 block and use that block to make a pretty pillow. ( Given my tendency to start projects and not finish them, that seemed like a reasonable objective ~Teehee). But the more I made, the more I wanted to KEEP on making them!Aren’t they cute?? And look at all the scraps I used! ( Did it put a dent in my scrap pile? Of course NOT!) So, because the blocks were so much fun to make, AND because I have scraps coming out of all nooks and crannies in my room
I decided I needed to make MORE. So I have been busy tracing the templates and sorting scraps into the right-sized pilesto fit my shapes
I did decide to cut the “inners” out of the flowers so that they wouldn’t be too stiff!
And then I started fusing!I now have a nice big pile of shapes that need cutting out….a perfect job to do at night while watching TV! Will these make ALL the blocks? Well, no, but it’s enough to keep me busy for a while 😉
And the only item I needed to purchase for this project was some ric-rac. ( Because more color choices just look better!)I suppose I might need to purchase some more pretty thread….I am using a blanket stitch on the appliques and am liking the look of the matching thread colors.Here is a close-up look of the 4 blocks that I completed so far:
Now that you have seen these, don’t you just want to run and start making your own version?? Great! Because the pattern is FREE and is available by clicking here! Tulip Festival by Glenna Hailey
Today I am sharing a few projects that I been working on these last few days…as many of you already know, I am TERRIBLE about starting AND finishing one project at a time ( I like to say I suffer Continue reading →
A bit of a different post today! I thought I would share some of the tools that I just LOVE to use in my quilting. I am sure you all already have lots of tools, but maybe you are a new-ish quilter and you would like some ideas, or maybe Continue reading →
I have been scouting out what projects I want to participate in this Fall ( Summer is way too busy with all our kids home and/ or working ( and one in particular ~ ahem, not mentioning any names here~ bored a lot). Plus the hot Continue reading →